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While many of young Flynn McGarry’s peers were playing video games, he was creating remarkable gastronomic delights far beyond his years at his home in Studio City, California. Flynn’s family encouraged him to pursue his creative passion, and his unique journey was thoroughly documented by his artist mother. He loved to prepare elaborate dinners for friends and family and soon became known as the “Teen Chef,” establishing his own supper club at age 12 and being featured in a New York Times Magazine cover story at age 15. Before he was 16, he had staged in top restaurants in Los Angeles, New York, and Europe. Trying to stay focused on his dream, Flynn had to weather the critics who challenged his rapid ascent in the culinary world.

With access to a trove of personal archival footage and including new, intimate vérité footage, director Cameron Yates creates a collage of Flynn’s singular focus and distinctive path through childhood. Chef Flynn shares a rare view of a young man’s successful rise from the inside.

Tue. 1/23, 11:30 a.m., Prospector, PC
Wed. 1/24, 6:30 p.m., Wagner, SLC
Thu. 1/25, 3:30 p.m., Ray, PC

YEAR 2018

SECTION Doc Premieres


RUN TIME 83 min

WEBSITE cameronyates.com/chef-flynn


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Artist Bio

Cameron Yates

Cameron Yates is a filmmaker and curator and has worked with Maysles Films, Zeitgeist Films, NewFest, and the Hamptons International Film Festival. His first feature documentary, The Canal Street Madam, premiered at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival and told the story of a New Orleans madam who ran a brothel with her mother and daughter until she was busted by the FBI.